Modern metal needs new heroes. As it becomes harder to spot diamonds twinkling in a murky, generic swamp of mimics and copycats, bands with the power, intelligence and style to drag the genre forward are more precious than ever. London’s Karybdis have long had something special about them: that hard-to-define essence of something better, something beyond.
Formed in 2009, Karybdis grabbed the attention of the metal world with their debut album From The Depths. Released in 2012, it was a tour-de-force of ruthlessly contemporary but defiantly non-conformist extreme metal that embraced everything from the howling harmonies of the Gothenburg set to the brutish clatter of deep, dark hardcore. Bolstered by a concept fuelled by Greek myths and legends, it stood apart from the generic hordes by simply aiming higher than the rest. Subsequent live performances confirmed the potency of the band’s vision and collective will and despite their proudly self-sufficient, DIY approach, the band began to generate a buzz in the wider world.